August 8, 2016 Farm News

The usual garden view this morning

The usual garden view this morning

This week, as most weeks, we have to thank those who came out to work in the garden. A lot of weeds were pulled in the corn and the squashes and the west end of the broccolis.  So big Thank You from us to Anca, who actually came twice, for helping weed the squashes, tomatoes and broccoli and to Helen and Wayne, thank you both for a morning of hard work finally getting the whole of the six broccoli rows cleared right to the end.  The veggies certainly look so much better with the weeds cleared and of course it is so helpful as weeds take moisture, nutrients and sunshine and can damage plants when the wind sometimes whips them around.

Tomato, 6 rows of broccoli, tomatillo, Brussels sprouts, kale, parsley in flower.

Tomato, 6 rows of broccoli, tomatillo, Brussels sprouts, kale, parsley in flower.

We went to our neighbours orchard on Monday but the apples are really small this year and there are not many at all.  Last year there was a huge crop of pretty good apples.  This is an orchard that has been neglected for about 12 years.  It is unlikely that there will be any improvement even though it is still early for some of the varieties. But, maybe.

the cattle herd

the cattle herd

We have been running the sprinkler a lot. We tried an impulse type but its topped turning after a day or two, perhaps our pressure is too low for it as it wears or gets a little clogged with hardness.  So back to using the other continuous full circle type. We were trying to compare so as to know which type would be best for us as we plan for a better system for irrigating.

Briar keeping a peachick firmly in hand.

Briar keeping a peachick firmly in hand.

A couple of exciting happenings.  On Monday a milk snake appeared under the kitchen cabinets spotted by Marie while she was on the ‘phone.  Aerron came in and removed it.  Likely it came in through a small hole looking for mice.  We have trapped a couple of mice the past week or so. Gotta stop up all any small holes.  The second exciting thing was that on Saturday morning we went to pick up two Peafowl chicks from a breeder near St. Williams.  This was Marie’s birthday gift.  A nine week old thought to be male and a 4 week old which is likely a female.  They stayed in an opened top cardboard box in the backseat of the car, between Briar and Lauren, on the way home.  The chicks are in the house for a day or two until we build a good house for them.

Devon eyeing up the young male with the hen chick sitting quite peacefully on Aerron's leg.

Devon eyeing up the young male with the hen chick sitting quite peacefully on Aerron’s leg.

A lone, lowly duck with a Silkie rooster friend and a few of those ordinary everyday common sort of chicken.

A lone, lowly duck with a Silkie rooster friend and a few of those ordinary everyday common sort of chicken.

tomatillo and other rthings

tomatillo and other rthings

We do need more rain again now, but that is what we have been saying all summer .  We have had some good rains, maybe 4 times but we needed rain again within days as it was never quite enough.

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